'The Sabres are now expected to pay forward Curtis Brown, goaltender Ryan Miller, and defensemen Jay McKee and Brian Campbell a combined $541,666 in deferred bonus money they were due last month. Without that payment the four could become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.'
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'Gaustad doesn’t expect to be called up by Buffalo this season, unless a Sabre center gets hurt. He’ll attend training camp next summer and hopefully be more effective there than he was in the last two years. If so, he could break camp with the Sabres — if they make it that far. The team is in bankruptcy court, and Buffalo businessman Mark Hamister, the major bidder, has pulled out. Rochester billionaire B. Thomas Golisano is next in line.'
'Naslund and Bertuzzi have elevated the Canucks to hockey's top floor. Only three teams have more points, and Vancouver's 30-16-8 record is largely attributable to the scoring prowess of its terrific tandem.'
'G Martin Biron has a 1.16 goals-against average in his last five starts.'
'An order by Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber blocks Adelphia's creditors from having a say in future deals to sell the hockey team.'
It is not like the Sabres are compelling, interesting even. They are, instead, a featureless collection of seconds and kids who were out of the playoff race by Dec. 1. We are talking about a franchise run by the league, buffeted by bankruptcy protection and subject to constant relocation rumours. And still, 13,000 arrive a night.
It is a great hockey city with a good tradition. It is like a Canadian city … You would just hate to see (the Sabres) leave.